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London Marathon and Rio marathon winner fails drugs test

by Press Release
Friday 7th April 2017
 
 
Jemima Sumgong, the Kenyan athlete who won last year’s London Marathon and the marathon at the Rio Olympics has failed an out of competition drugs test. She will now not compete at London and will stand to lose the huge amount of prize money she would have won had she, as expected, finished top of the World Marathon Majors series standings. 
 
Here’s a statement from Nick Bitel, Chief Executive of the London Marathon. 
 
“We are extremely disappointed to learn that Jemima Sumgong (Kenya) failed an out of competition drugs test in February. She is currently suspended from competition pending the B test and the outcome of the investigation.
 
“Sumgong will therefore not run in London on 23 April to defend the title she won last year. She is currently the leader in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (Abbott WMM) Series X standings which concludes in Boston on 17 April. Under Abbott WMM rules, if she were to finish top of the rankings at conclusion of the Series, an athlete who fails a drug test and is banned is not eligible to win the Series or to receive any prize money.
 
“We are determined to make marathon running a safe haven from doping. In addition to testing operated by the IAAF and national federations, the Abbott WMM has set up one of the largest private testing pool of athletes in sport, with the aim being to test 150 competitors out of competition a minimum of six times a year.
 
“London Marathon Events will take legal proceedings against athletes who have been disqualified from its events for failed tests if they do not repay money that they have received from the event.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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